Iain Hay

Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor

1984 …2023

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Iain Hay is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Geography in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. He is former foundation Dean (Education) for the College and was also Australian Discipline Scholar for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. Iain completed his PhD at the University of Washington as a Fulbright Scholar and received a LittD from the University of Canterbury for work on geographies of domination and oppression. He is author or editor of many books including Qualitative Research Methods in Human Geography (5th edn Oxford 2021) ; Handbook on Wealth and the Super-Rich (Elgar 2016); and How to be an Academic Superhero. Developing and Sustaining a Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (Elgar 2017) and has had editorial roles with an array of journals, most recently as Editor-in-Chief of Geographical Research. Iain received the 2006 Prime Minister's Award for Australian University Teacher of the Year and in 2014 was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (UK). He is also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Iain has a long history of service to the Institute of Australian Geographers, including as its Secretary and President. He is also immediate past First Vice-President of the International Geographical Union.

Research Interests

  • Economic, cultural and social geography
  • Geographies of domination and oppression
  • Inequality
  • Geographies of the super-rich
  • Qualitative methods and research ethics
  • Geographical education
  • Human-environment relations

Supervised Students Successes

  • Apr 2016 Paul Johnson - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2014 Irene Sahertian - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2012 Gavin Malone - Institute of Australian Geographers' Postgraduate Award
  • Apr 2011 Edoardo Rosso - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2009 Noel Richards - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal
  • Apr 2002 Michiyo Yoshida - Royal Geographical Society of South Australia John Lewis Silver Medal

Completed Supervisions

Principal Supervisions:
  • GIS, health geography (1)
  • human geography, indigenous cultural markers, cultural imperialism (1)
  • human geography, indigenous-settler relations, colonization, land management (1)
  • human-environment relations, bushfire management (1)
  • human-environment relations, Indonesia, solid-waste management (1)
Associate Supervisions:
  • human geography, public participation, tourism planning, Malaysia (1)
  • human geography, citizenship, Japan (1)
  • human geography, gambling, homelessness (1)
  • human geography, social capital, sport (1)
  • human geography, urban planning, critical geography, sustainability, discourse (1)
  • human geography, volunteering (1)

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Letters (LittD), University of Canterbury

… → 2009

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

Flinders University

… → 2004

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Flinders University

… → 1996

Award Date: 1 Jan 1996

PhD, University of Washington

… → 1989

Award Date: 1 Jan 1989

MA with Distinction, Massey University

… → 1985

Award Date: 1 Jan 1985

BSc with 1st class Honours, University of Canterbury

… → 1983

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983

External positions

Director, Royal Geographical Society of South Australia

22 Aug 2022 → …

First Vice President, International Geographical Union


Deputy Chair, National Committee for Geographical Sciences, Australian Academy of Science

2019 → …

Vice-President, International Geographical Union


President, Institute of Australian Geographers



  • Registered

Supervisory Interests

  • Human Geography - general
  • Social Geography
  • Cultural Geography
  • Political Geography
  • Economic Geography
  • Geographical Education
  • Gender and Geography
  • Geography and Ethics
  • Geographies of the Super-rich
  • Environmental management


  • G Geography (General)
  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • LB2300 Higher Education


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